The Cal football player who was suspended for instigating a locker-room altercation that sent freshman walk-on and Soquel High alum Fabiano Hale to the hospital will not face criminal charges as long as he satisfies sanctions imposed by the university, attorney Darryl Stallworth confirmed Thursday.
Stallworth, who is representing the unidentified football player, said he knows what sanctions Cal will impose but would not disclose that information. He said he feels comfortable his client will comply with the sanctions.
Hale's mother, Solange, said she spoke with Alameda County assistant district attorney Paul Hora earlier this year. During that conversation, Hora informed her he planned to defer the filing of criminal charges, although he still has a window of up to one year to file misdemeanor charges and three years to file felony charges.
Calls to Hora were not immediately returned.
Solange said she and the family are trying to put the incident behind them and they view Thursday's announcement as a step in that direction.
"We don't want to ruin the other player's life, we just want him to be accountable for his actions," Solange said. "Fabiano is doing well and working hard to earn a spot on the team. It is just unfortunate that this happened and that Fabiano has to live with the trauma of being assaulted."
Hale suffered a concussion during a Nov. 1 post-practice altercation that involved an unidentified teammate. Hale checked into the urgent care facility at the Tang Center on the Cal campus after the incident. He also received stitches around one of his ears.
Hale was transferred to the Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley and was released the following day.
The unidentified player was suspended indefinitely from all team activities on Nov. 15, according to a statement issued by the university that day. At that time, the university said it would require the player to attend counseling and perform 25 hours of community service to be considered for reinstatement.
The university did not issue any immediate statement regarding Thursday's decision.
Calls to Hale were not immediately returned, but Solange said her son is at Cal and attending team activities. She said he is "fine" regarding his injuries.
Hale was the Sentinel's All-County Player of the Year in football during the 2012-13 season. As a senior at Soquel, Hale set Santa Cruz County single-season records in rushing yards (2,452) and rushing touchdowns (40) and compiled a county-record 258 points behind 43 touchdowns.
He finished his three-year varsity career with the Knights with 3,543 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns on 392 carries.
Hale, who de-committed from Humboldt State last summer to instead walk on at Cal, did not play for the Bears last season.
Stallworth said the punishment was handled "very fairly, very professionally."
The suspended player does not have a criminal history, Stallworth said.
"He's accepted responsibility and he's ready to do what good kids do, which is get a good education and hopefully become and a contributing member of the football team," Stallworth said.
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